Morning Mix: A New Face At The GOP Debate


Were you worried that the Republican debates were starting to get a little dull?† Well, have no fear!† Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has just been invited to the next debate, and that’s sure to liven things up, right?† Right?

Johnson has finally managed to crack the 1 percent threshold for qualifying to debate, so Fox News will be allowing him to attend this Thursday’s debate prior to the Florida straw poll.† This despite the fact that the Florida GOP isn’t happy with him being included at all.† The party has decided to leave him off the straw poll ballots, saying they’ve already been sent to the printer.

Johnson, with his anti-war, pro-choice, pro-legalizing marijuana traditional libertarianism, could add some pretty feisty dialogue to the debate — if, of course, the moderators actually ask questions of anyone besides Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.† If nothing else, it would be a much broader diversity of viewpoint than the last few debates’ game of “who can be the most conservative on stage.”

Michigan’s Thaddeus McCotter, also a presidential candidate who’s never made it into a debate, congratulated Johnson on finally making it to the big time.† McCotter himself says he’s working on being the first sitting member of Congress to never get invited to a debate.

Then of course, there’s Fred Karger.† Despite polling high enough to qualify, no one seems interested in extending an invitation at all.


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Stacey S.
Stacey S6 years ago


Karen and Edwar O.
Karen and Ed O6 years ago

OMG, not another one! Beam me up, Scotty!

Mary Alexander
Mary Alexander6 years ago

I hope they ask him some questions it should interesting.

paul c.
paul c6 years ago

What in heaven's name is someone who opposes war and supports reproductive freedom and the legalization of marijuana doing in the Republican party?

That's the first question we ought to ask, and if the answer is anything other than "He's a whack job," the second question we ought to ask is how could someone like that possibly govern effectively with his own party in Congress opposing him on every major point?

But I suspect we won't get to that second question.

Sue P6 years ago

yeah, where is Fred Karger? He's qualified for each of the debates and has been denied.

Maryanne E.
Maryanne E6 years ago

Never heard of this guy before. I hope he actually gets to pipe up during the debate!

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago


Victoria M.
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Paul B.
Paul B6 years ago

Johnson is good. I am surprised we haven't heard more of him so far. It will be good to add a different perspective on the topics. Social Liberal (freedom of expression and life) and fiscally conservative (small government with personal responsibility) is a great mix which is what a good libertarian stands for, and good for our country.

I haven't heard enough from Johnson to know if that is who he is. We will see. Good for him.

Roger B.
Roger Bird6 years ago

Gary Johnson rocks!!!!!!! He is a practical libertarian with a heart. And he has a sense of humor and is not a dried up old far like Ron Paul.